So.. I’m enlisting in the army in a few months. Been having this conversation with alot of my friends.
2 years is not a very long time to ‘lose’, duration wise. and most guys catch up with their female counterparts anyway.
but 2 years is a very valuable amount of time, especially in your early 20s. This is the time most of us want to actually do something and get something done and work our asses off because nothing else actually matters. It’s the time we want to set foot into whatever industry we want to be in and job-hop because we can and find new and better opportunities and complete our bucketlist and… you get my drift. I’ve always been a lazy apathetic but even I feel ambitious and energetic at this point of time. I wanna be somewhere man, do something, experience different jobs and shit.
okay back to where I left off. 2 years is alot of time. As a conscript, you are paid about $500 - $1.3k a month, depending on the position you hold. Most guys are paid around $500-$800 bucks. Even if you ignore the fact that guys in their early 20s want to already be standing on their own two feet(at least i do), that’s a measly sum of money be paid for dedicating and devoting your life(i mean it) into the nation. 2 years, you’re not allowed to work any jobs, you work 5 days out of 7.
let’s do some math. Let’s say you start work the same time you typically start serving the army. Basic lowest paying full time job here pays maybe $1.3k a month. in the army you get paid $500 a month. That’s $800. Say you save $400 out of the 1.3k. By the end of two years you’d have about $10k in the bank. That’s how much money you lose in two years. Okay fine, guys who’ve served in the army get paid more when they enter the workforce. This is assuming you work in the govt sector. And even so, how much more? $100 or so? Remember the $800 difference mentioned?
Two years is also alot of time when it comes to career-pathing. two years is the right amount of time to finally settle down with the job you like. Or if you already like your job at the start of the two years, depending on the industry you’re in and how good you are, you might have one or two promotions/increments nailed already. Either way, two years of work experience is very valuable, especially in your first few years of work.
Besides that, after you’ve served, what’s in it for you? You still have reservice, a liability I reckon foreign employers would rather do without. You dont exactly get that much money back, not even the money you’ve lost. Imagine spending the two years pursuing a degree. Add a year or two to complete that degree and you double your value. Where’s the protection for the males who have served the nation?